Requests for User Rights is the process by which this wiki's community decides who will be promoted to a new user right (Administrator, Bureaucrat, Content Moderator, Discussions Moderator or Rollback). A user either submits his/her own request for a promotion (a self-nomination), or is nominated by another user (if you decide to nominate another user, it is recommended that you check with him/her before making a nomination). Please become familiar with the Administrators' how-to guide or read Help:User rights for more information about other rights.
The requests for User Rights are held on the "User Rights Requests" category on the Discussions feature. Any nomination to gain a special right must be filed there, so then the community can cast their votes there freely. The voting system for the nomination post should rely on the Poll feature integrated into the text-type post which one can select from the post-type list on the platform.
The layout needed for the nomination posts should be as follows:
- The title of any nomination post must use this syntax: "Proposal: (the right's name) Rights for (the name of the user)". An example of that can be; Proposal: Rollback Rights for Wikia ("User: Wikia" is a bot account).
- Write a short description containing the reason behind the nomination and provide sources for the nominee's work and how he/she has helped the wiki.
- Then, a poll should be added which must include three options; "Support", "Oppose" and "Neutral". So, that users who would like to vote can declare their position of the nomination.
- It is recommended that at the end of writing a request, to write a small advice encouraging users to review this page so they can get a better understanding of how this process work.
- For bureaucrats and administrators, it is recommended that they make a small statistic about the numbers of supporters, opposers, and those who are neutral at the final day of the nomination on their final comment about the nomination.
Once a nomination post is posted on the category, an administrator should highlight the nomination post so that every registered user on the wiki can know about it and vote. Afterward, the nominee has to wait for users to vote on his request. If a user opts for the "Neutral" or the "Oppose" option on the poll, they should comment about what makes them feel uneasy about entrusting that user with the user rights they are requesting. It is also recommended that they simplify their comments as best as possible so that bureaucrats and admins can understand them. The nomination post then will be closed by an administrator once it crosses its final day (see the "promotion system" section below for more information), in which at that time, a bureaucrat or administrator has already read the community's verdict and acted in accordance to them.
Note: User Rights are not taken lightly. Nominators may want to spend time on their requests. The short section should cover reasons why the nominee would be expected to use the tools appropriately and demonstrate that they are dedicated to the wiki. It should also explain why giving them such tools will further the aims of the wiki.
Below, are the conditions and notices for how the system of promotion requests works:
- Adminship and bureaucrat nomination posts will last for two weeks. For adminship, at least nine users must have participated in order to gain the right. For bureaucracy, at least twelve users must have participated in order to gain the right.
- Content Moderator or Discussions Moderator requests will last for one week, and at least six users must have participated in order to gain the right.
- Rollback nominations will last for one week. In which at least five users must have participated in order to gain the right.
- If a nomination does not reach the needed number of support at the end of the relevant period, the nomination fails.
- This is not a majority vote. It is an attempt to assess the community's consensus regarding the candidate. The candidate should have the support of most of the community, so if the vote is close, the candidate will most likely not be given the user rights.
- After the time frame for the promotion the user is requesting for has passed, a bureaucrat or an administrator (depending on the proposed right) will read through the request, determine the community's consensus about whether the nominee should be promoted, and close the post. The post will then be closed. (For a list of successful nominations, please refer to this page Category:Requests for User Rights)
- If a nominee decides at any time that they do not wish to pursue a promotion post for themselves, they are welcome to remove the nomination post entirely before it comes to a conclusion. However, a nominee is not permitted to remove a demotion request. A nominator is entitled to remove any post they have posted (including a demotion request) if no other users have commented yet.
Demotion requests are made by users who feel that a user with user rights is no longer capable or responsible enough to keep their rights. The resolution of the demotion nomination posts requires the same rules as promotion nomination posts about the same rank. Demotion requests may not be removed once they have started.
The syntax for the demotion system is the same as the promotion nomination posts, but the title of the demotion posts should be: "Proposal: Demote (the name of the user) of his/her (the name of the requested right) Rights". An example of that can be; Proposal: Demote Wikia of his Rollback Rights.
If a user with user rights concludes the community needs to take a revoting to decide if he'll or she'll keep the current rights, the user would create an "Renewal" nomination. It'll operate the same as a promotion and a demotion but a renewal nomination is neutral; it lets the community re-decide. The resolution of the renewal nominations can only be made up by a user with user rights who wants the community to reassess if they should keep their user rights or remove them. Renewals differ from demotions in that they are set up by the user with user rights for community reassessment as opposed to someone else.
Here are some pieces of advice for nominators and nominees:
- Follow the process as described above. Failure to do so will harm your chances of success.
- Demonstrate that you understand what being an admin or any other user right involves. Please read through Help:Administrators' how-to guide if you are not familiar with the role or read Help:User rights for more information about other rights.
- It is not recommended for users to jump directly to request for adminship or bureaucracy if they are not familiar with the rights that (Content moderation, Discussions moderation, or rollback etc.) offer or with the proposed right itself. As it may cause some queries among the users.
- Being a good user is not sufficient to gain a user right. Also, do not bring up a number of edits, number of pages created, being nice to other users, not engaging in vandalism or knowledge of the Sonic series etc. Only users who have served the wiki widely (on any subject) are recognized as good users should be nominated for higher rights such as moderation or adminship (those that have not demonstrated this through their work will have their nominations rejected quickly).
- Every nomination needs evidence to gain community's approval of any proposed rights. In its simplest form, this may include listing pages (or talk pages) where you have been particularly influential, but preferably you should provide a link to the Diff pages of major edits you make.
- Don't lie, as, without a potent source for your contributions, the request will immediately be rejected.
- Irrelevant comments (e.g. spamming or making a joke) to the requested rights are not permitted (not counting questions regarding the proposed right).
- Don't attempt to influence the discussion by promising to do something or act differently if you are successful.
- Be civil and respect other users' opinions.
- It is highly recommended before publishing your nomination post, you should preview often to ensure the links that you provide as well as the required links of the layout are formatted correctly and will successfully transmit your voters to the desired source. Grammar and spelling errors are not wise to leave in your request either. Again, preview often and proofread your nomination post before submitting it. Ensure that your nomination post sounds proper and is easy for other readers to flow through it without needing to pause at a misspelling or a confusing statement.